Jovetic feeling no pressure to fill Mbappe's €180m boots at Monaco

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The forward joined the Ligue 1 champions shortly before their teenage star left for Paris Saint-Germain, but he is unfazed by the challenges ahead.

Stevan Jovetic has no intention of trying to replace Kylian Mbappe and believes Monaco can still compete with star-studded Paris Saint-Germain.

The Montenegro international linked up with the reigning Ligue 1 champions towards the end of the summer transfer window, as he was acquired from Serie A outfit Inter.

Shortly after his arrival, on deadline day, Monaco eventually agreed to part with teenage sensation Mbappe, with an initial loan which will turn into a €180 million move taking him to PSG.

Jovetic has inherited his No.10 shirt and will be charged with the task of helping to fill a sizeable attacking void, but the 27-year-old insists he feels no pressure.

Exclusive Goal interview with Jovetic

Moving to Monaco, succeeding Kylian Mbappe and partnering Falcao... Stevan Jovetic speaks exclusively to Goal about the next stage of his career. Posted by Goal.com on Wednesday, 13 September 2017

He told Goal: “Honestly, I don’t [feel under pressure]. I just want to enjoy the games, have fun.

“I did not come here to replace anyone. I just want to give my best and help my team.

“I do not want to be compared to someone else. I just want to be me, enjoy the game, be happy and score goals. That's my only goal.”

Jovetic’s transition to life at Monaco will be eased by the presence of Radamel Falcao and the arrival of fellow frontman Keita Balde, with the former Manchester City frontman confident that he can shine in Leonardo Jardim’s system.

He added: “I like playing as a striker but not alone, I prefer to play in a system with two strikers. Sometimes just a little behind or on the same line, this is my favorite position.

“We have great players and they are all really good so we'll see. It's up to the coach to make the choice but I think I can play with everybody.

“Falcao? Yes. Radamel is a top player, he scores many goals and is in great shape. I'll be glad to play with him.”

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Monaco also have Thomas Lemar on their books, as the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool missed out on the French international on transfer deadline day.

With so many exciting options at their disposal, Jovetic is convinced that the current title holders can hold their own against PSG, Mbappe and €222m man Neymar.

He said: “We will see, but I think we can compete with them.”

Jovetic made his Monaco debut off the bench against Nice on Saturday, with there plenty for Jardim and his attacking stars to work on following a humbling 4-0 defeat on the road.

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